Finding out that you or a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming. There are always many questions, and people  may not even know where to begin or what questions to ask. Unfortunately, cancer is relatively common. While the probability of developing an invasive cancer is approximately 40%; 2/3 of those patients will be cured with appropriate care.

Expert advice regarding the treatment of serious illness is essential for recovery.

We, at Quality Cancer Care will help you understand how a diagnosis of cancer is made and what it means. We’ll answer some of the most common questions about cancer and offer suggestions to help you talk about it with your health care team and with people close to you.

Client Services

Aloha! I am Judy Schmidt and my passion, and business, is Quality Cancer Care. I am a Mayo trained triple board certified Internist, Hematologist, and Oncologist with over 25 years of clinical experience assisting clients with all of their cancer care needs throughout the entire course of their cancer treatment. I bridge the huge information and time gap that hinders your doctor from being able to offer the Quality Care that the doctor would ideally be able to offer you, the Quality Care you need and deserve. I am here to help you and your chosen Health Care Professionals; to be a member of your chosen Health Care team and do my best to ensure you receive the best medical treatments applicable to your unique situation.

  • Help you and your family understand the diagnosis, staging, treatment options, follow up and prognosis of your cancer
  • Determine if we need a second opinion on the pathology of your cancer
  • Researching and helping you chose The Best Medical Team for you
  • Provide and discuss current treatment guidelines and options with you (and your physicians)
  • Go to your doctor appointments with you
  • visit you in the hospital
  • Review ALL treatment and non-treatment options with you on an ongoing basis
  • Delineate the risks and benefits of any treatment choices (and review the Informed Consents you are asked to sign)
  • Be by your side and support you no matter what you chose or do not chose
  • Review your medications and vitamins/supplements for any potential drug or food interactions
  • Look at potential complementary/alternative strategies that might be helpful
  • Review your medical records
  • 24/7 availability
  • Referral for legal advice

Healthcare Consultations

With 25 years of clinical experience assisting clients with all of their cancer, hematology, and internal medicine care needs, we are here to help you and your chosen Health Care Professionals; to be a member of your chosen Health Care team and do our best to ensure you receive the best medical treatments applicable to your unique situation.

Services include:

  • A thorough review of ALL  medical records, including pathology reports
  • Help you and your family understand the diagnosis, staging, treatment options, follow up and prognosis of your cancer.
  • Determine if we need a second opinion on the pathology of your cancer
  • Researching and helping you chose The Best Medical Team for you
  • Provide and discuss current treatment guidelines and options with you, and members of your family, (if desired)
  • Review ALL treatment and non-treatment options with you on an ongoing basis
  • Delineate the risks and benefits of any treatment choices (and review the Informed Consents you are asked to sign)
  • Be by your side and support you no matter what you chose or do not chose
  • Review your medications and vitamins/supplements for any potential drug or food interactions
  • Look at potential complementary/alternative strategies that might be helpful
  • Consultation Report with all review of the medical record provided for you and your health care team
  • 24/7 availability for questions or review
  • Referral for legal advice

FAQ: Am I, or my loved one ready for hospice?

A: If you are asking the question, you must be seeing things that are concerning you. Being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness often includes increased confusion, repeated hospitalizations with minimal change, an individual saying, “I do not want to go back to the hospital anymore,” unexplained weight loss, and/or poor hygiene. All of these symptoms may be part of a larger problem and need to be addressed by a physician. Together, a plan of care for your loved one will need to be created that may include hospice care.

Nursing Consultations

It is often said that nurses are the heart of health care. The field of oncology nursing, in particular, is probably one of the most challenging and rewarding fields in nursing. For those with cancer, oncology nurses are the ones who are there for us during our most difficult and intimate moments in life, the ones at our bedside, educating us, encouraging us. They are also the ones behind the scenes, communicating with our doctors, coordinating our care and keeping us safe. Joni has helped patients as on oncology nurse since 1989. She offers offers consultation to help successfully navigate through diagnosis, cancer treatment and it’s possible side effects, emotional issues regarding diagnosis and recovery, or hospice transition.
Exercise during treatment has been shown to decrease side effects, but can be challenging for patients during and after treatment.  Recent tailoring of exercise programs by trained oncology nurses has shown success in decreasing side effects and increasing patient’s energy levels. Consultation regarding disease specific exercise recommendations are available at Quality Cancer Care.